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Veronica’s mother is a Bedley Run police officer, whom I’ve come to know casually in the course of being a village merchant; her father, who used to be an officer himself (and the police chief of Ebbington, in fact), lost his life in a somewhat notorious local incident in which he was caught in a crossfire between his own officers and a group of out-of-town gamblers and loan sharks with whom he was enjoying the evening.
Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  someone who lends money at excessive rates of interest
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  • Veronica’s mother is a Bedley Run police officer, whom I’ve come to know casually in the course of being a village merchant; her father, who used to be an officer himself (and the police chief of Ebbington, in fact), lost his life in a somewhat notorious local incident in which he was caught in a crossfire between his own officers and a group of out-of-town gamblers and loan sharks with whom he was enjoying the evening.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The years of doubling the price on toilet paper, soap and diapers to pay the loan sharks were over.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • My cubby wasn’t registered in the Hive zoning schematic as an apartment; I’d taken over a renovated warehouse loft from a friend of mine who’d run afoul of loan sharks.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Dreaming that he was Tom Hunter, being chased by loan sharks he’d stiffed for $100,000 four years ago in New York.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil

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  • The loans it could get would be the same that loan sharks commonly lend to bankrupt and fraudulent debtors—very small with an enormous interest rate.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Something like borrowing $100,000 from a loan shark to pay off Mother’s debt and start a new business.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • Some loan shark.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
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Associated words [difficulty]:   loan shark [8] , money order [5] , graveyard shift [7] , Information Technology (IT) [8] , on consignment [8] , petty cash [8] , promissory note [8] , fiscal year [9] , joint stock company [9] , negotiable instrument [9] , tax shelter [9] , trade association [9]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Business, Personal Finance, Law
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